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Project by sscartozzi posted 03-04-2018 01:41 PM 2203 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took me about 10 months to complete this drop leaf desk. Early in it’s construction I had my right knee replaced so I could only sit at my bench and work on the inlays and bandings. It is constructed of black walnut with secondary wood being poplar. I know I have combined furniture periods; like heppelwhite and federal. However, I made what I liked. The fans are made of maple and black dyed veneers. Stringing is holly and the compass inlays are paduk and holly. Behind the columns are hidden compartments. They are spring loaded and are released when pegs are removed which are inside the center compartment. The carcass was constructed using hand cut half blind dovetails on the top and through dovetails at the bottom. My plan was loosly based on a piece I saw from Glen Huey.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 03-04-2018 02:03 PM

Very well done. The inlays are striking and I love the overall look.

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 02:08 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 03-04-2018 02:16 PM

WOW, that is a very nice piece…...GREAT job!!!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#4 posted 03-04-2018 02:16 PM

Beautiful Steve!
Nice sharp inlays, shaped drawer fronts, nice carving, secret compartments,..... what’s not to like.
This is a piece you can be very proud of, great work!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 03-04-2018 02:22 PM

Absolutely stunning craftsmanship! Secret compartments….very nice! Hope your knee is doing well!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Andrek

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#6 posted 03-04-2018 02:24 PM

Very beautiful desk, nicely done and the wood looks great, bravo, thank you for sharing.

-- andrek

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Eyal

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#7 posted 03-04-2018 03:02 PM

very nice work steve! iv’e been toying with the idea of making a drop front, specifically the “Lady’s desk” also from a book that glen huey wrote.
i really like it, well done!

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bubbaw

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#8 posted 03-04-2018 03:04 PM

That is beautiful. The black walnut brings it alive.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#9 posted 03-04-2018 05:11 PM

Wow! You did a fantastic job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 03-04-2018 05:18 PM

Good work, Steve. I like the inlay and details. Don’t fret the style … Hepplewhite and Federal overlap. Think of this desk as a transitional piece. Kudos!

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#11 posted 03-04-2018 09:53 PM

What’s not to like when a project turns out so elegant?
Nice work Steve!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 03-04-2018 09:59 PM

Well done. I not a purist and combine periods often. I’m interested in how you made the spring loads.

I like the Paduak/holly combo. Beautiful walnut too.

Great job.

BTW, I grew up in Malvern, PA. My dad’s tree nursery was on Paoli Pike and Sugartown Rd. The ’Sam Brown Nursery’ sign is still there :) Dad’s 90 in a few weeks – he plays tennis 3x/ week!

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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IantheTinker

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#13 posted 03-04-2018 11:04 PM

It tools you 10 months to build, and it looks like it took you 10 months to build. The detail and effort put into something like this is excellent. Well done!

-- pensivewoodworker.com

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#14 posted 03-05-2018 12:26 AM

Wow. This is a gorgeous piece. Really detailed and beautifully finished. Great job!

-- AJ

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Kaleb the Swede

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#15 posted 03-05-2018 01:45 AM

Very nice work! All the detail you put in this is incredible

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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